The Ashland Council met Monday, June 20, 2016 for their regular scheduled meeting. All council members were present. With the absence of Mayor Larry Fetner, Council member Bobbie Steed served as Mayor Pro Tem.
Council member Wolfe made the inquiry if there was any way to know how much revenue had been brought in since the city had gone wet. City Administrator Chelsey Wynn stated they had opened up a separate accounts so they could keep up with this information. Wynn reported over $1,000.00 in excised tax for the distributors who were able to sell in May. This was from just 3 businesses that month, one that was only able to sell for 2 weeks out of this month. Another account reports over $2800.00 from alcohol licenses and fees.
Notice of election for city officials was set for August 23, 2016. This election will be for Mayor and all five council members. Ashland citizens will place their vote at the Wynn Building on this date from 7:00 am-7:00 pm. A runoff election will take place on October 4, 2016 if needed.
Ashland citizen, Sheila Brown was present to address the council about the city maintenance department accidentally spraying roundup on her yard, killing her grass and threatening a symbolic flower bed in her mother’s memory that she planted over 23 years ago. This flower bed was established with just one bulb dug up out of her mother’s flower garden at her passing and transplanted to her yard. Each year, as the flowers grew, she would transplant until eventually the beds were filled.
Brown’s son, LeeRoy Brown was also present as his yard suffered damage too, along with the rest of 4th street East. Brown said the maintenance guys had been very accommodating about this matter and had been spraying fertilizer on the damaged area, but that this would not bring the grass back. Maintenance employee Jody Brown made the suggestion to plant grass seeds, rake the dead area back to neutralize the poison and keep it from eroding in Mrs. Brown’s yard and to do whatever they could to get the grass growing again in this damaged area. On behalf of the maintenance department, he apologized to both Sheila and Lee Roy for this accident.
Council member Gail Thompson reported that Chelsey and Robin would be moving into the New City Hall ( former PNC Bank) hopefully in the last week of June, as carpet will be laid in their two offices first. Thompson asked that everyone be patient with the transition of this move.
The following agenda items were approved:
- Approval to change council meeting date from July 4, 2016 to July 5, due to holiday.
- Approval to pay $325.00 for advertising signs to Volunteer Athletic Club for baseball, softball, and football fields.
- Approval to purchase play equipment for the park from GameTime at a total cost of $7503.61
- Approval of alcohol license to Jordan’s Convenience Store.
- Approval for the police department to purchase 7 automatic defibrillators and 6 trauma kits at a total cost of $10,469 ( $9,700.00 from grant funds and $769.00 from city funds)
- Approval to accept resignation from part-time dispatcher Holly Smith effective June 24, 2016
- Approval to open the position of part-time dispatcher position and advertise job opening for 2 weeks
- Approval to accept city canopy and support column rules and regulations
- Approval to purchase phone system at New City Hall from Southern Data at $5,326.00. Council member Brad Wolfe was opposed.
- Approval of “Request for Access to Public Records” form.
- Approval of content for City Flag
- Approval for the maintenance department to repair damage of accidental grass poisoning to resident’s yards on 4th street East.
The following items were tabled:
- to pay $2000.00 to S.S. Nesbitt for right of way permit bond policy
- Limb pick-up rules and regulations
The following item died due to lack of motion:
- to accept the resignation at Maintenance Supervisor Jeremy Nash